Can Start Their Engines at the Inaugural PING Indianapolis
New event hosted at The Bridgewater Club, designed
by world-renowned course architect Pete Dye
more to Indianapolis than racecar driving. The beautiful terrain
and intricate design of The Bridgewater Club will rev up the
engine of the nation’s top juniors when the inaugural
AJGA PING Indianapolis Junior rolls into Noblesville, Ind.,
sure the juniors will find the breathtaking course not only
beautiful but also very challenging,” AJGA Tournament
Director Mark Oskarson said. “We are very excited to
be playing on such a well-designed site.”
in 2003, The Bridgewater Club, designed by world-renowned
course architect Pete Dye, features rolling terrain and majestic
scenery. The course winds its way through nearly 180 acres
of rolling hills, featuring bentgrass greens and fairways.
A variety of trees line the course, accenting a very natural
The course was sculpted out of a Noblesville tree farm on
the outskirts of Indianapolis. The fairways are lined with
red oaks, black oaks, pin oaks, sweet gums, ash, sycamores
and blue spruces, as well as a variety of other trees, which
give the course a look of maturity.
“Since we opened in September, this is really our first
event at The Bridgewater Club,” said Doc O’Neal,
The Bridgewater Club director of operations. “Being
that it is our first event, we are very excited that the AJGA
is involved. We think it will be good exposure for our course,
as well as a good test for the juniors. The course has more
of a classic, traditional look, so I’m sure the kids
will really enjoy it.”
the course, the field of 99 boys and girls, ages 12-18, will
notice the absence of Dye’s signature railroad ties
in lieu of limestone blocks, accentuating the look of the
neighborhood that accompanies the golf course.
for the course to be player friendly, yet challenging; and
that’s exactly what the juniors will get. Not solely
providing shade, the trees will test the accuracy of each
golfer. In addition, bunkers and water help shape each hole.
course will test every junior golfer,” Oskarson said.
“In addition to the many trees lining the course, bunkers
and water hazards will serve as challenging barriers.”
has designed his course in such a way that the first hole
provides a “soft touch,” allowing players to get
off to a good start. Fast becoming the club’s signature
hole, the par-4 third hole places a premium on the tee shot
to position oneself to the approach to the well-guarded green.
The hole winds its way around the creek, making it a favorite
of many golfers.
By far the most challenging hole on the course, the par-5
12th hole may have a charming setting, but golfers should
watch out for bunkers on the second shot.
Overall, the course combines a classic design with the majestic
Indiana countryside to make for a championship-caliber course.
Junior golfers will definitely remember this area for more
than just racing.